What's worse is that the Australian flu vaccine, which is made up of the same components as the USA vaccine, was only effective in about 10 percent of cases.
"For the west coast we usually see a spike for flu season in February, and we might be seeing our spike earlier this year".
On December 15, 2017, health officials in California's Riverside County reported its first flu-related death of the season.
The CDC tracking, which measures geographic spread and not the severity of the flu, notes that California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are all in the midst of a widespread outbreak. "It can end up being an average flu season", says Maurer.
All three school campuses across the county reported increased student absenteeism starting last week. It can take up two weeks until the vaccine becomes fully effective, so it is recommended to get it before the holidays.
Health officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny said in the release that everyone six months old and older should immediately get a flu shot.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Contain - Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick.
Opponents of the flu vaccine counter that life-threatening reactions can be caused by the shot, including brain inflammation and even death.
Hospital administrators contend that most local health care professionals and numerous national organizations are united in the belief that requiring a vaccine or a mask protects patients not only from the flu but life-threatening complications. Paul said the schools dismissing for the two-week Christmas break can help stem the spread of the flu and other illnesses.
Burton said for people age 65 and older, there is a high-dose vaccine.
Flu shots are the best way to prevent getting the illness, according to DOH.
The health department is encouraging residents to call the city's 2-1-1 number to find a flu-vaccine provider.
Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
"A person can be showing no signs of the flu, and then quickly they get the severe body aches, and they go from feeling fine to feeling like everything is turned upside-down", said Lisa Slater, a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department.
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